Saturday, May 01, 2021

Today in Comics History, May 1, 1942: Cheesy Petes, Roy Thomas, why'd you write Sandy like this?!?

Oh, I know Roy was trying to realistically portray a historic language and attitude that was all-too-common of the times, but it still hurts a lot to hear a hero talk like this.

First, here's the usual warning:

This previously published content includes negative portrayals of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and were wrong now. Social change is a journey,and we must acknowledge where we've come from to build a more inclsuive future. These panels are presented as they were originally published, because to do so otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed.

And here's the panel:

from Young All-Stars #6 (DC, November 1987), script by Roy Thomas & Dann Thomas, pencils by Brian Murray, inks by Malcolm Jones III and Bob Downs, letters by Jean Simek

I will say that Roy took Sandy through an evolution to begin accepting and not hating Japanese-Americans. As a fan of Sandy, I wish the series could have gone on longer (it was cancelled with #31) to show his further growth.

Wild About the Calendar: May: Mortis Macabre

from "Wild's 1954 Calendar: May" in Wild #5 (Marvel/Atlas, August 1954); script, pencils, and inks by Howie Post

The 2010 2011 Marvel Calendar for May: Metallic Man

This momnth, you'd expect the calendar star to be Aunt May, but its just ol' Shellhead again!

"May 2010" from Marvel Calendar 2010

Cut out this calendar and spend the entire month with Iron Man! Just don't let him drink on your tab.

The Marvel Age Calendar for 1993 2021: May-jor League Baseball

Bean 'im, Nita! Bean 'im!

from Marvel Age #125 (Marvel, May 1993), art by Darren Auck

Color in Namorita (hubba hubba!) You can use your pink crayon or your blue crayon...either one's canon! And this calendar is good for all this month!

Friday, April 30, 2021

Bully and His Pals: You oughta always take a cat to bed to hug.

Well goodnight, from me and my kittycat Orson!*

*2023 Update: We found out Orson was actually a girl, so I renamed her Little Stuffed Kitty Pryde 🐈‍⬛. (No actual relation.)

Today in Comics History, April 30, 1789: "This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."

from "Historical Almanac" in Real Fact Comics #20 (DC, May 1949), creators uncredited and unknown

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 26, 1607: Get to the part where she sings with the raccoon

from Flash Comics #63 (DC/JR Publishing, March 1945), script by M. C. Gaines and W. W. D. Sones, pencils by Allen Simon

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 28, 2020: How many times have I told you, don't watch TV in the bathtub!

from 2020 Visions #5 (DC/Vertigo, September 1997), script by Jamie Delano, pencils and inks by Warren Pleece, colors by James Sinclair, color separations by Digital Chameleon, letters by Ellie de Ville

The Adventures of Bully: Uncle Owening

I put the old mirror out onto the sidewalk so someone could take it.

Yes, later someone took it! Enjoy all its mirrory goodness!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Today in Comics History, April 27, 1805: America conquers foreign countries through the cunning use of flags

from The World Around Us #11 [The Illustrated Story of the Marines] (Gilberton, July 1959), pencils and inks by Gerald McCann